Did you know?
- The most common form of arthritis
- >50% of people over 65 years of age affected
- Most commonly affects the knee, hip and hands
Osteoarthritis is a disease characterised by damage/degradation of cartilage and bone in joints, resulting in stiffening and pain in the affected joints.
While early stages are asymptomatic, significant pain and disability are experienced by the patient as the disease progresses.
It is estimated the 1 in 10 men and almost 1 in 5 women 60 years and older will be affected by symptomatic osteoarthritis.
The heritability of osteoarthritis is 40–60%, implicating genetics as a cause or contributor to the condition.
Currently no drugs to prevent or delay disease progression, highlighting the urgent need for improved treatments.
Further information about osteoarthritis can be found at:
X-ray image of osteoarthritic joints in the hand